The cell phone users would have a new and innovative facility to get verification of Computerised National Identity Cards (CNICs) through Short Messaging Service (SMS).
The National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) initiated the facility under which subscribers would be able to verify any CNIC by sending a SMS at 7000. In this regard, the Authority has inked a contract with Mobilink, Telenor and Warid as these three cell phone companies are included in the facility, while negotiations with other two companies, Ufone and Zong are in progress.
According to the Nadra, this unique facility, formally launched the other day by Interior Minister Rehman Malik, is devised for the convenience of the general public, which can be utilised by any person desirous to verify credentials of the person with whom they are making business deals or they can verify the CNIC submitted by their employees, household workers and maids.
The Nadra took this initiative keeping in view the prevailing law and order situation and to curb identity theft. This service will enable the police and other law-enforcement agencies to verify the CNIC of any suspect at checkpoint any time besides helping common people to avoid the bids of cheating by mischievous people as they can verify the CNIC of any person through SMS.
The verification would be done in real time communication with Nadra’s National Data Warehouse, using Nadra and mobile phone companiesí strong network infrastructure. The CNIC number, which needed to be verified, would be sent through SMS at 7000, and in response the Nadra would provide details associated with that CNIC such as name of the person to whom the CNIC was allotted in Urdu along with his father’s name and, in case of a married women, her husband’s name, or subsequently any other content deemed appropriate by the Nadra pertaining to the CNIC at nominal charges.